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19 Times India Was Way, Way More Gender Progressive In 2015

Baby steps.

1. When Madhu Kinnar became India's first transgender mayor.

2. When Mumbai had its largest-ever rally in support of transgender citizens.

Kinnar Maa Samajik Sanstha Trust

3. And when Manabi Bandopadhyay became the country's first transgender college principal.

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4. When a Mumbai daily published India’s first gay matrimonial ad.

Harish Iyer

5. When a Hyderabadi university used “Mx.” on their diplomas for students who didn't identify as a “Mr.” or “Ms.”

Anindita Mukherjee

6. When Delhi University opened up admission to transgenders.


7. When the first transgender bank professional was hired in Patna.


8. When on request by the West Bengal government, the Kolkata police decided to recruit transgender individuals in their Civic Police Volunteer Force.

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9. When India broadcast its first lesbian ad and it received overwhelming support online.

10. When Titan Fastrack had a campaign designed to break down gender stereotypes.

11. When the Delhi High Court ordered that a transgender man who was trapped here by his parents be allowed to return home to the U.S.

12. When an Allahabad High Court ordered that the Uttar Pradesh government include third-gender candidates in Panchayat elections.

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13. When the Mumbai police delivered swift justice to a gay man who was assaulted in broad daylight.

14. When Kolkata got its first transgender Durga.

15. When the CAT exams introduced a third gender category in its forms, and 80 transgender aspirants appeared for the exams.

16. When MTV aired the first lesbian kiss to be shown on Indian television.

MTV India

17. When thousands came out to celebrate queer pride in Delhi.

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18. When Tamil Nadu appointed India's first transgender police officer.


19. And when India's first queer graphic anthology was released.

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